By: Hannah Sanborn
In the dynamic realm of educational support, the smiling face of Carrie Repole stands out as a strong resource for Gladiators, radiating warmth and dedication.
Many already know Repole from her previous role as a data clerk at Glenwood Middle School. Last year, she joined the Glenelg community when she filled the role of the Student Services Secretary.
Repole attended the University of Maryland, where she earned her college degree in Early Childhood Education. She began her work in instruction as a second-grade teacher, saying she loved being around little kids. She then joined the GMS staff after she had her three girls (Sydney, Maddie, and Sophia), all past or present Glenelg students.
When asked about her road to Glenelg, she said that after having her children, she wanted to resume her work in education, which she did as a substitute teacher. Then, she got involved in other administrative roles.
“Being able to expose kids to new things and help them is very rewarding,” she said. “I have always enjoyed being around children, but when transitioning from middle school to high school, I had some hesitations, because I had only ever taught little kids.”
Despite her worries about the transition, Repole now says that interaction with high schoolers and the aiding process are the aspects of her position that she finds the most fulfilling. This is because she is able to make a connection with different members of the student body who all have unique personalities.
Repole said that the main difference between middle and high schoolers is the conversations that older kids can have and hold. She feels she can form genuine bonds with them and interact with them like adults.
She also likes hearing about the future plans of upperclassmen and seeing two students who aide together become close companions.
“Being a student aide is on my list of top experiences at Glenelg High School,” said student aide Kenneth Barnes. “Ms. Repole and the entire Student Services Staff have been really great in allowing us to do tasks while also sharing great experiences and conversations with many different people. Being able to help out this busy group has been loads of fun with many laughs, and shared stories.”
The aiding process is a very popular venture at Glenelg, and in Student Services, it is Repole who helps to make the experience enjoyable and fun for students.
Repole also has a student gladiator, and she says that having a daughter in high school is another facet that helps her better understand the teenagers that she works with.
Sophia, Repole’s youngest and a junior, says that she loves having her mom work here because she feels that she always has an extra resource and someone who can give her insight into college tools and school events.
“I enjoy having my mom work here! It is very nice because I always have someone to talk to and a ride to school,” she said.
Repole says that she hopes to leave a lasting impact on students she spends time with, and her dedication to Glenelg High School is a shining example of the positive impact that dependable adults can have on the lives of students.